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How did a local scandal become a federal issue? As The Topeka Capital-Journal puts it, "The e-mails crossed state lines and through several jurisdictions by traveling over the Internet through servers in California and Virginia." That was enough to trigger the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution, and the feds charged Schaffer with wire fraud.
I wonder how many other cases could be made federal using this interstate commerce clause?
a local cop did something improper, and used a cell phone to arrange it.
the guy called someone in the same town he was in.
the feds were asked to prosecute (too) because the call was routed through an Illinois cell phone facility (MO to IL and back to MO).